"Yesterday IBM beat Sun to market with Java for Linux,
announcing separately-negotiated distribution deals with Caldera
Systems, Red Hat and TurboLinux. A similar deal with SuSE is
"The IBM JVM and developer kit should hit the stores in
mid-February, although Caldera will be expecting to release its
e-business server with Java support at LinuxWorld Expo in New York
at the beginning of February. Red Hat is expected to include the
Java goodies in its next enterprise edition in
"IBM will get its WebSphere for Linux as well as VisualAge for
Java distributed with the Caldera offering. At IBM's Partnerworld
conference in San Diego yesterday, senior vice president Sam
Palmisano said "We're tired of having sand kicked in our faces by
former IBMers", a not-too-subtle reference, since on the screen
behind him the Sun and EMS logos were gunned down by an animation
of IBM's e-business logo."
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